1 Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
2 as newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that ye may grow thereby unto salvation;
2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
3 if ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious:
3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 unto whom coming, a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but with God elect, precious,
4 As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him--
5 ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 Because it is contained in scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: And he that believeth on him shall not be put to shame.
6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
7 For you therefore that believe is the preciousness: but for such as disbelieve, The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner;
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,"
8 and, A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence; for they stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
8 and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for.
9 But ye are a elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for (Gods) own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
10 who in time past were no people, but now are the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lust, which war against the soul;
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
12 having your behavior seemly among the Gentiles; that, wherein they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
13 Be subject to every ordinance of man for the Lords sake: whether to the king, as supreme;
13 Submit yourselves for the Lords sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority,
14 or unto governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evil-doers and for praise to them that do well.
14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.
15 For so is the will of God, that by well-doing ye should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
15 For it is Gods will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.
16 as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.
16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
18 Servants, (be) in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.
19 For this is acceptable, if for conscience toward God a man endureth griefs, suffering wrongfully.
19 For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye sin, and are buffeted (for it), ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer (for it), ye shall take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
21 For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps:
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
22 "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."
23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered threatened not; but committed (himself) to him that judgeth righteously:
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
24 who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
25 For ye were going astray like sheep; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
25 For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.